It’s that time again! The time of year that everyone waits for, but no one can believe how fast it arrives. With the holiday season upon us, we’re all looking forward to spending time with our friends and loved ones, but it’s important to make sure that we keep viruses off of the invitation list. Lysol® arms families with the protection they need over the holidays to ensure that the only thing that you spread this year is cheer.

What Is the Flu?

Influenza, or flu, is an illness caused by a virus transmitted through tiny droplets of moisture, created when people with flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. Since there’s no better time to catch up with everyone than over the holidays, this unfortunately means that the virus has plenty of opportunity to jump from person to person.

The flu virus is very contagious, and can be spread by someone that has flu from the day before they start to feel symptoms, up to seven days afterwards. Regardless of how careful people with the illness can be, these viruses settle and accumulate on door handles, gadgets and most importantly: kitchen surfaces. It’s a cruel joke that the flu season falls over the time of year with the best food!

The symptoms of flu include:

• cough
• sore throat
• muscle aches and pains
• runny or stuffy nose

Many people associate flu with having a fever, however not everyone with flu gets it, so don’t rule out the flu even if you don’t have this symptom yourself. Although most people get over the worst of the flu in a week or so, it can be very unpredictable and certain people are at greater risk of serious complications, particularly young children and the elderly.

How to Cure the Flu

The best cure is always a strong defense, so make sure that you’re well protected. Lysol® works to fight back against flu by attacking the proteins that make up the virus. Using Lysol® Disinfectant Spray and Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes every day kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria to ensure that the only thing you have to think about over the holidays is the turkey.

To help prevent the spread of flu, follow Health Canada’s guidelines, which recommend that you:*

• Get a Flu Shot
• Wash Your Hands with soap and water, scrubbing thoroughly for 20 seconds
• Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces**

Whatever the holiday season brings, we hope that it’s a happy and healthy one for you and all of your family. You can help this along by following the CDCs simple advice, and making sure you take care to use Lysol® to keep your home virus and bacteria free. So, a very happy holidays from everyone at Lysol®, helping you to spread cheer, not germs.

* For more information on Health Canada’s recommendations to prevent flu, please visit http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/publichealth/h1n1_old/flu_prevention_checklist%20.pdf

** Lysol® Disinfectant Spray and Lysol® Wipes kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses when used as directed on hard, nonporous surfaces.